12 million households in the UK own pets (44%), with the UK’s pet population sitting at a staggering 54 million (Pet Population). From cats, dogs and hamsters to goldfish, birds and reptiles, you’ll want to create a harmonious living space that works for both yourself and your beloved pets.
But finding that balance can be hard. Alongside this, nearly half of the British population share their bed with their cat or dog (The Mirror). Whether you’re happy with sharing your bed with your pet, or you’re trying to regain control of your bedroom, follow our tips on how to make your bedroom pet-friendly.
Clean your bedroom regularly
Pet or no pet, you should make sure to clean your bedroom regularly. This means vacuuming, changing the bed covers, emptying the bins, cleaning your bedroom doors, and keeping on top of everything. Even if you’ve matched your black duvet set to the fur of your black cat so that it’s barely visible, doesn’t mean that it’s not there. You need to hoover up pet hair twice a week – even more if your furry animal is shedding. Remember, pet hair has a certain smell, and has an oil that attracts dirt to the fabric on which it sits. So, invest in a powerful vacuum cleaner, change your bedsheets regularly and get on top of your bedroom and kitchen cleaning.
Cover your bed with a throw or blanket
If you don’t share your bed with your pet, but can’t stop them going onto your bed during the day when you’re not there then you should invest in a blanket or throw that will cover your bed. This means that the fur and dirt from your pet will be contained onto a blanket that you can remove when it is bedtime. You should be clear with whether you want your cat or dog on the bed from the start – mixed messages are confusing and unfair.
Keep your bedroom floor tidy
Whether you’ve got a nine month old puppy who chews everything in sight (rest in peace shoes), a kitten that seems to think everything is a toy waiting to be destroyed or a bearded dragon who likes to explore, if you want to keep a pet in your room, you need to keep the bedroom floor (and other rooms) tidy. We’ve all been guilty of having a ’floordrobe,’ but clean clothes on the floor quickly become soiled when they’re trodden all over and drooled on. Alongside this, smaller animals may hide under piles of clothes on the floor making you panic because they’re nowhere in sight. So, invest in a bigger wardrobe, clear out those chest of drawers and get your clothes off the floor. You’ll thank us when your laptop charger or Doc Martens haven’t been chewed within an inch of their life.
Opt for hard flooring with a rug in your bedroom
If you’ve got a dog or cat running through your bedroom on a regular basis, you may want to change your carpets to harder flooring. Laminate and wooden flooring doesn’t have to make your bedroom and house feel cold – just invest in some inexpensive rugs that you can throw away if they get ruined. Think about it – tile flooring is virtually scratch proof and offers a cool place for your pet to sleep on the rare days when the UK has hot weather. You should choose hard flooring over carpet because the fabric in carpet harbors a whole host bacteria and hair.
Hard flooring is also a great way to combat any human allergies that are triggered by hair trapped in carpets – you can go for a good quality wood flooring such as oak, maple, elm, or mahogany, and keep both your beau and your pet. Just remember to trim your pet’s claws and your floor will stay in excellent condition and scratch-free.
Remove any toxic plants from your bedroom
There are many household plants that are poisonous to both cats and dogs – if you want them in your room then make sure to keep them out of reach from your pets. The same goes for strong chemicals, cleaners and insecticides – they should be kept well out of reach of all cats and dogs. The most common houseplants you need to watch out for are: Mistletoe, Philodendron, Lilies, Daffodils, Tulips and Poinsettia. If your cat or dog does eat part of a poisonous plant, go straight to the vet!
Avoid sharp corners and any pokey furniture
Whether they’re big or small, your pets will want to speed around like the speed of light, and there is nothing sadder in the world than hearing your doggo bork and cry in pain because they’ve caught themselves on the pointy cupboard door knob or broken bedroom drawer during a run and stretch. Replace any cupboard door handles and put corner protectors on bedroom furniture in order to avoid any injuries!
Bathe your pet often
A clean pet means that your house and bedroom will stay cleaner for longer, and that isn’t ever a bad thing. Regularly brushing and bathing removes loose hair before it ends up on your floor, your bed, pillows, clothes and curtains. Alongside this, your bedroom furniture and rugs will last much longer. So, a clean pet will be cheaper in the long run.
Avoid textured wallpapers in your bedroom
Animal fur and dirt sticks to walls like glue – whether you’re decorating your room and planning to get a pet in the future, or already have a pet, make sure to consider what is on the walls. If you don’t consider their texture, they will be an absolute nightmare to clean. Even if your smol pupper doesn’t rub up against the wall, a texture wallpaper will take that fur in. You should choose to go for a satin or a semi-gloss paint, helping to repel fur and to keep those walls glistening clean.
Keep any treasured items out of reach
Cats and dogs like to run around and play, so it is imperative that you keep any fragile, breakable items well out of reach. Cats and dogs (especially) are really excitable, so keep those photo frames and trinkets in a safe, secured place.